TORONTO, ON - At the time it seemed improbable - through foolishly pessimistic - that Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine, in particular, could rival, even top what was an unforgettable head-to-head debut way back in October, but they came darn close Tuesday in the self-described centre of the hockey universe.
The pair squared off for the second time in their young careers, and like Chapter 1 in Winnipeg, Laine got the upper hand in the goal column, but Matthews and the hometown Leafs came out with the victory this time around.
Jake Gardiner scored 2:29 into overtime, and Matthews had three helpers along the way, to give the Leafs a 5-4 win.
Laine, meanwhile, scored twice to help the Jets earn a valuable extra point, sending the club home with a 2-0-2 record on this four-game road trip.
Bryan Little and Nikolaj Ehlers had the other goals for Winnipeg, while Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves.
"I don't think either team felt that they could get a handle on the game," said Head Coach Paul Maurice. "I can't remember the last time I saw that many icings in one game. For our part we didn't look quite the way we've looked on this trip, and we didn't transition particularly smoothly and never got that neutral zone speed going. It was a bit of a grinder, a bit of a dog in some ways. There were lots of goals but not a whole lot of plays made by either team."